Women, get involved in Triathlon!
Top advice for novice triathletes from a real woman in the sport
We recently asked a Got To Tri athlete Esther whether she had any advice for women looking to get involved in triathlon…
- DO IT!
- Maybe don’t make your first ever attempt a full IRONMAN
- Read books and watch videos about the sport — it is not three disciplines — it’s more like fifteen once you factor in learning how to change bike tyres — and the rest!
- Join a club — training on your own is harder in my view. It is a huge help with motivation when you have a team behind you — and holding you accountable.
- Get a good coach that can help you develop good habits and skills — I work with Tom Frearson, Fearsome Fit — an IRONMAN finisher and ex-Royal Marine. He loads up a weekly training programme on to Training Peaks so all I have to do is focus on the training itself.
- Buy decent kit. TRI-UK kitted me out with everything I needed to be race ready.
- Wear training clothes that make you feel good.
- Get a gait analysis, proper bike fitting — learn about your physical strengths and weaknesses.
- Find a good Physio and don’t ignore your body — if it is hurting, sort it. I ignored real pain in my achilles because I just thought it was part of getting fit. I ended up not being able to run for three months until it had all settled down.
- Rest, recovery and nutrition are equally important — so is self-care. I can’t recommend salt and arnica baths highly enough!
- Know your why — your purpose and motivation for doing this — whatever that is — will pull you through the days you don’t want to train, the inevitable setbacks you will face, and help you to quite literally, feel the fear and do it anyway.
- Go on a Go To Tri camp — it will change your whole outlook on the sport and you will learn loads.
I have also discovered the sheer joy of a hair-tied back, makeup free existence and giving zero f**ks about what anyone thinks about you anymore. In all seriousness, it is an incredibly liberating feeling.
Don’t get me wrong, it is tough at times, really tough — there are days when I just don’t want to train — but as someone with no background in any sport of any kind, I can promise you that with hard work and perseverance, it is genuinely the best feeling when I look back and see how far it is possible to progress in a short space of time if you put the work in.